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Joana is a Senior Lecturer in the Physical Education and Sport Coaching degrees at St Marys University since 2015.
Currently she is the course lead for the MSc Professional Development while also working across a number of other undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including MSc Performance Football Coaching, MRes Coaching Science, BA Chelsea FC Coaching and Development and BA Physical Education, Sport and Youth Development.
In parallel to this, Joana is also an enthusiastic swimming teacher/coach, currently working with babies and young swimmers from 3-12 years old.
Her academic research interests fall into the broad area of coach/teacher education and development. This involves an exploration of how educators learn and develop their professional identity in and outside academic settings. The ambition is to further the understanding on how coach/teacher develop their knowledge and expertise.
Beside this, Joana is also interested in exploring the complexity of teachers/coaches’ interactions with other social agents and explore new pedagogical approaches to advance students/players learning.
- Professional learning and development
- Professional identity
- Social interactions and the complexity of pedagogical environments
- Innovative pedagogies for Physical Education and Sports Coaching
- Learning Theory
- Teaching and Coaching Pedagogy
- Mentoring and Personal Development
- Qualitative Research Methods
McDonagh, C., & Fonseca, J. (2022). The minority within the minority: The survival strategies of Gypsy and Traveller students in Higher Education. International Journal of Roma Studies, 4(2), 150–171. https://doi.org/10.17583/ijrs.10344
Duggan, C.; Mulvenna, C.; Hounsell, T. & Fonseca, J. (2021). Exploring Coaching Behaviors and the Relationship to Coaching Philosophy: A Study of Grassroots Soccer Coaches. The International Journal of Sport and Society 12 (2): 137-151. doi:10.18848/2152-7857/CGP/v12i02/137-151.
Stoszkowski, J. & McCarthy, L. & Fonseca, J. (2017). Online Peer Mentoring and Collaborative Reflection: A Cross-institutional Project in Sports Coaching. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice. (3):118-121. doi:10.14297/jpaap.v5i3.289
Jones, R.L., Fonseca, J., De Martin Silva, L., Davies, G., Morgan, K. & Mesquita, I. (2015) The promise and problems of video diaries: building on current research, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 7:3, 395-410, DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2014.938687
De Martin Silva, L., Fonseca, J., Davies, G., Morgan, M., Mesquita, I. & Jones, R.L. (2015) Understanding undergraduate sport coaching students’ development and learning: The necessity of uncertainty. Teaching in Higher Education, 20(7), 669-683
Fonseca, J. & Mesquita, I. (2016). Desenvolvimento da Identidade Profissional do Treinador Desportivo: Uma área a explorar [Coach Professional Identity Development: an area to explore] In I. Mesquita (Ed.) Formação de treinadores: desenvolvimento da aprendizagem e identidade do treinador de desporto, Porto: FADEUP
Fonseca, J. & Mesquita, I. (2016). O impacto da Estrutura Curricular e abordagens de ensino na (des)construção da identidade profissional do treinador no contexto da formação académica. [Course structure and teaching approaches in the deconstruction of the coach identity in formal coach education] In I. Mesquita (Ed.) Formação de treinadores: desenvolvimento da aprendizagem e identidade do treinador de desporto, Porto: FADEUP
Fonseca, J. & Mesquita, I. (2012). Modelo de educação desportiva: o refundar do valor pedagógico e social do desporto na escola. [Sport Education Model: Establishing the pedagogical and social value of the sport in the school environment] In J. A. Moreira, A. G. Ferreira & A. Mendes (Eds). Rumos Pedagógicos da Educação Física em Portugal. CEIS 20: Coimbra.
Mesquita, I.; Jones, R.L.; Fonseca, J.; De Martin Silva, L. (2012). Nova abordagem na formação de treinadores; O que mudou e porquê?. [New coaching education approach: What have changed and why?] In J. Nascimento & G.Farias (Eds). Construção da identidade profissional em educação física. A formação á intervenção., (pp.41-60). Colecção Temas em Movimento: Florianópolis.
Guest speaker presentations
Fonseca, J. (2015). Desenvolvimento da identidade profissional do treinador na formação académica [Coaching professional identity development in higher education]. Invited presentation credited by IPDJ (Portuguese National Institute for Sport): “Formação de treinadores: Desenvolvimento da Aprendizagem e Identidade do Treinador de desporto” at Faculty of Sport, University of Porto, Portugal. 21st -22nd April.
Fonseca, J. (2014). Social interactions in the coaching environment. Invited presentation in the AeFadeuo - IV Cycle of workshops at Faculty of Sport, University of Porto, Portugal. 5th April.
Fonseca, J. (2013). Learning experiences and identity development in Sport Coaching Students. Invited presentation in the “research methods” module (part of the PhD program in Sport Science) at Faculty of Sport, University of Porto, Portugal. 30th January.
Jones, R.L., Santos, S., Silva, L.D.M., Fonseca, J. & Edwards, C. (2011). Further thoughts on ‘who is coaching’? Keynote lecture given at the 3rd Congresso Internactional de Jogos Desportivos, University of Porto, Portugal. 13-15th July.
Fonseca, J. (2011). Da formação à profissão: principais problemas decorrentes do início de prática profissional (Becoming a teacher: the initial problems of the professional practice). Invited presentation in the “pedagogical professionalization” module (MSc in Teaching Physical Education in Primary and Secondary Education) at Faculty of Sport, University of Porto, Portugal. 14th December
Recent conference presentations
Fonseca, J. (2019). Pedagogical lessons on Sport Coaching Students’ development. Oral presentation given at the SHAS Research Day. St. Mary’s University, London, United Kingdom. 10th May.
Fonseca, J., De Martin-Silva & Jones, R. L. (2017). Students Professional Identity: Challenges and Opportunities. Oral presentation given at the HEA Annual Conference 2017: Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight. Manchester University, United Kingdom. 4th-6th July.
Fonseca, J., McCarthy, L. & Stoszkowski, J. (2017). Connecting Learning: Exploring initial findings of cross-institutional curriculum design in formal coach education settings. Oral presentation given at the National coaching conference. Live University, Atlanta, GA, United States of America. 22nd-24th May.
Price, A. & Fonseca, J. (2016). Using a Discrete Game-Centred Approach in a Men’s Football Team. Oral presentation given at the 2016 SETL Research seminar. St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, United Kingdom. 12th January.
Price, A. & Fonseca, J. (2015). Undercover Game Centred Approach in a Men’s English Non-League Football Team: An auto-ethnographic account. Oral presentation given at the 2015 Game sense for teaching and coaching conference. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. 17-18th November.
Fonseca, J.; De Martin-Silva, L.; Morgan, K.; Mesquita,I.; Davies, G.& Jones, R. L. (2014). Understanding Learning and Identity Development In Higher Education: Perspectives From Portuguese And UK Sports Coaching Students. Oral presentation given at the ECER Porto 2014 (Main Conference), Portugal. 2-5 September. Available from: http://www.eera-ecer.de/ecer-programmes/conference/19/contribution/31262/
Fonseca, J.; De Martin-Silva, L.; Morgan, K.; Mesquita,I.; Davies, G.& Jones, R. L. (2014). Mapping intellectual development in sport coaching students. Oral presentation given at the 2014 AIESEP World Conference. Auckland, New Zeland. 10-13th February.
Fonseca, J.; De Martin-Silva, L.; Morgan, K.; Mesquita,I.; Davies, G.& Jones, R. L. (2013). My little sweet video diary: Exploring embodied experiences of sport coaching students. Oral presentation given at the 2013 AIESEP Conference. Warsaw, Poland. 4-7th July.
GRANTS AWARDED AND PRIZES
2016 Catalytic fund Call A: Small- Scale, ‘experimental’ innovation in learning and teaching. Project Title: ‘Collaborative Reflection in Practice: A cross-intitutional project in Sports Coaching’. Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) (with L. McCarthy, St. Mary’s University & J. Stoszkowski, University of Central Lancashire) (total value = €22,000).
2013 Inaugural Formula Santander Bank Scholarship (Award in recognition of progress and support for future academic work) at Cardiff Metropolitan University. (total value = £4,166)
2010 Individual Doctoral Grant: ‘Understanding the dynamic nature of student learning and identity: The case of sports coaching students’. Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) (with R.L. Jones & I. Mesquita, University of Porto) (total value = €61,500).
2008 Young researchers Grant. Introduction to Research (Bolsa de Introdução à Investigação) in a main project entitled: ‘Papel do exercício na prevenção e recuperação das alterações do tecido ósseo associadas ao envelhecimento e ao desuso’. Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT/ SFRH/BD/38110/2007) (with Fonseca, H. & J.A., Duarte, University of Porto) (total value = €1,000)
2008 Prémio Incentivo (Award for the best student of the Year). University of Porto (total value = €2,000).